Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.
You know the Beatles' song that starts, "There's no heaven..there's no hell...." It's about a future with "no religion." At my local condo clubhouse karyoke night, a nice woman explained that the song means that there should be a world without religious hatred, in which one religion believes it's toally right and hates the others. My first thought and quiet blurt out was, "It's just a song at karyoke, so don't give an academic caveat. Just let people enjoy and interpret however they want." She was working to make sure the Christians in the audience (almost everyone) weren't offended. The nice lady sitting next to me then corrected me, quite appropriately, saying, "It's important to her." Amen. I agree that it was ok to explain, in retrospect.
And, how about if there would be no extremist fundamentalist religiosity in which hatred of others who believed differently prevailed? No stoning women, no beheadings, no inquisitions and forced pseudo-conversions, no shaming, no bombing synagogues or attacking innocents, no fear. What the founding fathers in the U.S. wanted, for sure, was "separation of Church and State," so that people would be free to worship or not in their own way, without being afraid of the government.
What real religion that hasn't been perverted would vouch for the kind of narcissicism and false pride which proclaims knowing the absolute truth better than anyone else? Surely, a just God, would not approve of people thinking they knew everything. Would God want people treated badly, even murdered, in any real religion? Yet, it's occured throughout history.
The Beatles had a good idea. They weren't anti-religion. In fact, John Lennon practiced Buddhism. They were anti-hate.
Now, why am I expounding on religious bigotry in a psychology post? How dare I? The take-home lesson for me and my followers is psychological. It's not healthy mentally to assume we know everything better than everyone. While we can recognize certain evils, a mentally stable person doesn't want to perpetrate evil, as well. Solid mental health and happiness include openmindedness, forgiveness, love and respect.